This year, we’ve been in the rather unprecedented position of having access to iPhone 6 mockups many months in advance the manufacturing process, which is apparently set to commence at some point over the next couple of weeks. But while recent leaks of the device’s rear shell appear to have corroborated the many 3D print-outs we’ve seen of the upcoming handset, a new report suggests that the antenna’s design will greatly differ from what we’ve been seeing so far.

Japanese newspaper publication Nikkei, which has been the source of much iPhone 6-related information over the past couple of months, has been comparing mockups of the device with more precise information from suppliers, and having scrutinized some of the finer details, drawn the conclusion that our mockups are still quite a way off the final design.

This doesn’t mean that the curved, iPad-esque form factor is going to change, nor that the power button won’t still be relocated to the side of the device, alongside the volume buttons. But what it does mean is that any case makers going by the mockups are likely to be off the mark, thanks to some minor disparities between these dummy models and the real deal.

Notably, the antenna – which has been noted as a bit of an eyesore – will probably not beset such unsightly, thick stripes on the final design, and that instead, Apple will come through with something a little more palatable with the finished article.

The report also notes that the device could pack a curved display, and although the blogosphere hasn’t sung this tune for a while now, it was something that, much earlier in the year, the rumor mill did entertain.

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iPhone 6 mockup

We’re anticipating that Apple will release two variants of the iPhone 6 later on this year, both of which are set to increase significantly in size. There’ll apparently be a model sporting a 4.7-inch display, and a further, albeit delayed variant boasting a 5.5-inch panel.

The device will also pack an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an upgraded Apple A8 processor, and the expected bump in the rear-facing camera’s capabilities.

We’ll keep you in the loop on any more iPhone 6-related info, so stay tuned!

(Source: Nikkei [Google Translate])

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